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Can anyone recommend a Chess platform that, well, you better read further

I thought I might take a minute to share a project I started about 20 years ago. Essentially, I used my ChessMaster program to make a "Chess Explorer". In 1998, I noticed I could add notes into ...
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Chess GUI recommendation for linux [closed]

Which chess GUI will be good for Linux. I have tried a lot of GUI's, but as I am new at computer chess, I have no idea about pros and cons of chess GUI's. Which is chess GUI will you recommend? Is ...
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In the middlegame, can one avoid compromising the balance one's opening has achieved? [closed]

A polite duplicate asked last week by @57Jimmy mentions an incidental matter I find interesting: But when all the pieces are out, well placed, and I have castled, I have no idea about what I should ...
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Why do top GM's “retire” from chess? [closed]

After Kramnik's recent announcement, Nakamura also said in a chess.com interview that he will retire from chess at age 40. I am curious why a super GM feels the need to "officially retire" from chess ...
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What are the similarities and differences in pawn Structure from the Scandinavian and the Caro-Kann?

It seems both openings have the Capablanca Pawn Structure with c6 and e6 I'm curious about where the similarities stop and what are the optimal pawn breaks.
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Why does lichess ban players? [closed]

Few days ago I was watching a game review on lichess and found out one of the player's account was banned. Any idea why lichess does that?
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Making the giuoco piano interesting as white [closed]

Does anyone have advice to give against the giuoco piano ? I find this opening boring for white after 3... Bc5 and I'd like to find a way to keep playing the italian without risking to play a boring ...
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What does “TPR” mean in chess tournament reports?

I usually find in reports like this (and many others) something like: ... with a TPR of 2551 ... I would like to know its meaning, and also what it stands for.
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How does Stockfish ensure an incremental change made is beneficial?

Does Stockfish's testing framework get the new engine to play the old engine many times in a match? Since Stockfish thinks on each move according to a time limit (and not a depth limit, which gives a ...
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LiChess puzzle 87510: How much calculation would a strong player do before playing Bg4+ when white has a range of (all losing) responses?

LiChess puzzle 87510 has the following position: [FEN "r1b1k3/pp4R1/2q3RQ/4p3/5P2/bP2P3/2P1K2P/8 b - - 0 1"] The solution is 1...Bg4+, after which white has 6 legal moves: 1...Bg4+ 2. Rxg4 Qxh6, ...
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Can you claim a draw, after the position has changed, if threefold repetition occurred earlier?

I understand that when the same board position occurs three times in a game, with the same player to move, and having all the same possible moves, the game may be claimed as a draw by threefold ...
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Isolani pawn question

After reading Chess structures of Mauricio Flores Rios, I have some initial questions on the Isolani (or isolated queen pawn). The author shows this diagram: Latee, he proceeds to giving White and ...
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In what way is it allowed to alter tournament pairings in favor of a player?

The FIDE Rules for Swiss Systems state: C.04.2 A It is not allowed to alter the correct pairings in favour of any player. and then further state: Where it can be shown that modifications of ...
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Capture the c-pawn, so the opponent has an IQP but improved development, or let them push the c-pawn and form a queenside majority?

This dilemma occurs in a variety of positions. [FEN "r1bq1rk1/pp1nbpp1/5n1p/2pp4/3P3B/2NBPN2/PP3PPP/R2QK2R w KQ - 0 10"] Here, it's white to move, and white has to choose between: capturing black's ...
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Scotch 4 Knights with 4… d5

If black 'mirrors' whites 4. d4 in the Scotch 4 Knights and white wants to play sharp, aggressive moves. what would be the best move? I know that chess engines like stockfish, GNU Chess etc. would ...
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General advice for middlegame [duplicate]

This is a very basic and general question (and my first on this website), so feel free to tell me if this is inappropriate. Besides specific strategies and opening sequences, there are some fairly ...
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Pawn tension in the Caro-Kann

Very often, I find myself playing the Caro-Kann and encountering positions like this below (especially note the pawns on the columns c and d): I do have read that knowing what to do (capturing or ...
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In online chess with long time controls, does having a title encourage opponents to cheat against you? [closed]

I was looking through the top classical players list on LiChess, and I'm gradually improving. I noticed I'm catching up with IM Eric Rosen, which I found surprising (I'm nowhere near that strong). ...
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App Mis-calculated Checkmate?

How is this checkmate? The King isn't even in check! Am I missing something, or did the chess app goof up?
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What can I learn from my “80 average centipawn loss” game, which I thought I played well?

In a LiChess game (Vakeesh vs. becky82), during the game I thought I played well, and won as black without and real complications. Here's the game: [fen ""] [Event "Rated Classical game"] [Date "...
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Is it bad etiquette to decline a draw offer when participating in a simul?

On LiChess, FM knightprince gave a simul where I participated (our game). I blundered a pawn played a pawn gambit, but managed to complicate things and won it back. Afterwards, the game would have ...
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How does “go mate <x>” work in UCI

In the UCI documentation, it says mate x search for a mate in x moves However, I believe this should say "search for mate in x plies", as plies are used in most of the protocol. I can ...
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How to notify check when a player leaves himself in check

I'm learning to play chess. Twice we had a situation where the white player moved a piece that was blocking the black Queen from checking the white King. There was no move available to announce "...
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Sicilian Najdorf, Sozin Variation [duplicate]

e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 1) For 6. Bc4 Black can play immediately b5 and attack it. But almost all Grandmasters reply with 6....e6. Theory also stresses to 6....e6. ...
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Most complicated mode for chess engines

I have used many chess engines, especially Stockfish and I want to ask you, if it possible to change its mode to the most complicated one. What I mean: Now, most engines work as following: 1) Mate ...
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Need I be concerned about being classed as a “cheater” if I sometimes play good classical games on LiChess?

I'm trying to improve my tournament play, so I play classical chess on LiChess (me on LiChess). In some (not all) of my games, I do well and have very few or no "inaccuracies" and maybe 15 centipawn ...
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For white's next move, should it be recorded as Nge2 or Ne2 as there is only one knight which can legally move to e2?

[FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp2ppp/4pn2/3p4/1bPP4/2NBP3/PP3PPP/R1BQK1NR w KQ - 0 6"] If white move his king knight to e2 in the next move, should this move be recorded as Nge2 or Ne2 in the algebraic notation? ...
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Black only has pawns: Mate in what?

In a standard opening position in chess, imagine that all black pieces are removed except for the king and pawns as follows: What is the shortest forced mate, assuming white starts? I don't know the ...
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Chuzhakin's System Hazardous Elements and Rules

A short time ago, I ran across some short texts and a short video about Chuzhakin's system to spot tactics and avoid blunders. What little I've seen seems really to help me. And so I'm looking for ...
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Caro-Kann 3.Nd2: is it worthwhile delaying or avoiding 3…dxe4 to exploit the poor position on the d2 knight?

In the Caro-Kann where white plays 3.Nd2, it seems like the d2 knight is misplaced: it's on a worse square than c3, and it blocks the c1 bishop. Black playing 3...dxe4 relieves white of both these ...
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Reason why Kasparov resigned in the “Enrage the Beast” game

[White "Garry Kasparov"] [Black " Vassily Ivanchuk"] [fen ""] [StartPly "62"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 b6 5. a3 Bf8 6. Nf3 Ne7 7. h4 h6 8. h5 a5 9. Bb5+ c6 10. Ba4 Nd7 11. Ne2 b5 12. ...
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Does the winner of the women's Oceania Zonal qualify to play in a world championship match?

The brochure for the upcoming Oceania Zonal in Guam states: The winners of the 2019 Guam Zonal qualify and are entitled to advance to play in the World Cup and the World Chess Championship. I'm ...
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Searching for a “where is the black king” puzzle?

Sometimes ago, a friend showed me a position where he had the black king removed. The goal was to find where is the black king using some pretty weird reasoning. I tried to remember the puzzle but I ...
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How does one know if a position is not reachable from a series of legal moves from the starting position?

If one of the following is true, a position is not reachable from the starting position by a series of legal moves: One side has two or more kings or one side has no kings; One side has a total of ...
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Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5 Nbd7 line

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 1) Why 6... Nbd7 is not played by many players? Why they prefer 6... e6 only? I could not get the answer for this. Requesting ...
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Finding a mating net in a RRN vs RRN endgame

This question relates to a game I played on LiChess (link), from which we have the following position: [FEN "8/2rn4/2pN2k1/r1Pp2p1/p2P4/3KPP2/R7/7R w - - 4 42"] In this position with white to move, ...
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What is the theoretical maximal material difference of a dead draw which is not a stalemate?

I have noticed the following example, which should be a dead draw: I am wondering what is the theoretical material difference of a dead draw which is not a stalemate? (I am not asking about agreed ...
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CLI tool to let chess engines play each other [duplicate]

I'm looking for a command-line tool to let two chess engines play a game or a tournament against each other. The tool should support UCI and/or the xboard protocol and it should allow to save the game ...
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Websites for creating tournaments with different starting positions

I'd like to create tournament for my students where I specify the starting positions. Which websites allows users to create tournaments with different starting positions?
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Position with the largest material imbalance that is a draw, no matter whose turn it is?

I am curious if there is a known position with the largest material imbalance that, no matter who it is to move, the weaker side can hold a draw.
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Why bother with human chess when AI is superior? [closed]

Before I get to my question couple things to get out of the way: This question is a sensitive subject. But I assure you that I'm not a troll, I have deep respect for your community. It is my first ...
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Why are Leela's fans so passionate? [closed]

The neural-network engine Leela is a relatively new one. It's also got some extremely passionate fans. For example they write things like this: Wait 5-6 months, and we will see SF8 on uber-duper ...
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AlphaZero and the revenge of the Artificial Intelligence

Answering this question, @SmallChess offered this answer: Before Google's chess journey, the chess engine community believed: AI chess will not beat classical programming because neural networks ...
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Daily chess self-training plan? [duplicate]

Here I am asking suggestions on plans to systematically improve one's chess skills. I am aware of questions such as this one, but I am seeking advice based on the following criteria: I am willing to ...
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Are there starting positions in dobutsu shogi that are farther from a win/loss than the standard one?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a loss for the beginning player in (at most) 78 turns (from first move until (and including) lion capture or ascension). But are there perhaps other (...
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What is the value of most starting positions in dobutsu shogi?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a trébuchet or full-point mutual zugzwang position, but other likely (starting) positions can have a completely different value. If we arrange the ...
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Knight moves which way? [duplicate]

Does the knight move two steps forward and then to left or right or does it move one step forward and then diagonally to left or right? I was taught move one square then to right or left My partner ...
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Is there a Trébuchet starting position in dobutsu shogi without chick promotion rule?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a trébuchet or full-point mutual zugzwang position, but if we remove the chick promotion rule it is a draw. But are there perhaps other (starting) ...
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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?

I'm considering getting a chess coach with the general goal of reaching the WIM title (2200 rating, plus norms; or get lucky in an Oceania Zonal). I'm not sure how realistic this is. However, almost ...
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Have engines refuted any established openings?

Before engines were introduced to chess in late 20th centry, there were many established openings that were played by the top players at that time. I am wondering if any of those openings were refuted ...

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